Low Light Photos

Panasonic Tehc_2Low light levels represent one of the most challenging aspects of photography. Flash either makes the resulting photo artificial and unnatural or provides insufficient light to properly illuminate the photo. My usual solution is to hold my breath, take four or five photos, and then select the best one. This system works but has its limitations. What is really needed is larger sensors with improved light sensitivity – all in a size that will fit in my iPhone. Recently, Panasonic announced a new technology that promises much of these benefits without changing the sensor. What Panasonic has done is to change the filter system used to produce color photos so that it loses less light. Once Panasonic has captured the image, they use image processing to reconstruct the original photo. While the technology isn’t here yet, it is nice to know that it’s in the works. For more details see Panasonic tech boosts colour accuracy in low light photography or Double the brightness in low light photos with Panasonic’s new color filtering technology on YouTube. .


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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1 Response to Low Light Photos

  1. Jason Borg says:

    Very interesting, I can’t wait for better low light performance in image sensors.

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